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Kohli above peers, destined for greatness: Sangakkara

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli is definitely forward of his contemporaries and destined for greatness, former Sri Lankan batting stalwart Kumar Sangakkara has stated.

Run-machine Kohli capped a memorable 2018 via changing into the primary to win the International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricketer, Test and one-day global (ODI) participant of the year awards remaining month.

Considered part of the elite team additionally featuring Kiwi Kane Williamson, Australian Steve Smith and England's Joe Root, Kohli has surged forward after a wonderful 2018 and is currently the top-ranked Test in addition to one-day batsman.

"Everything about Virat's game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today," Sangakkara informed a news channel.

"And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever," stated the Sri Lankan batting nice.

With 39 centuries from 222 ODIs, Kohli is 2nd simplest to compatriot Sachin Tendulkar -- who scored 49 from 463 -- in the century-makers' record of 50-over internationals.

He has additionally scored 25 hundreds in 77 Tests.

Sangakkara is amazed via Kohli's skill to succeed across formats.

"He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very, very solid method that he believes in..." stated the previous Sri Lanka captain.

"... if you see the tempo he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field... it's the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude," he added.

Sangakkara's former team-mate Mahela Jayawardene lauded how Kohli treated the drive of leading the group of a cricket-mad country of 1.three billion.

"It's not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field, and the expectations," stated Jayawardene.

"We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it's probably on Virat's shoulders..." he added.

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